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A stack of three cornbread fritters topped with butter and honey.
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Quick + Easy Cornbread Fritters Recipe

This Quick + Easy Cornbread Fritters Recipe makes a wonderful snack or side dish! Tender little cornbread cakes are fried like pancakes and served topped with plenty of butter and honey for a bit of sweetness. Try these for breakfast or with collard greens at dinner!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornbread frittets recipe, quick + easy cornbread fritters recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Kasey Schwartz


  • Cast iron skillet
  • Measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • spatula


  • 2 cups fine ground cornmeal
  • ¼ cup self-rising flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil plus more for frying the fritters
  • 1 large egg
  • To serve: honey and salted butter optional


  • Line a plate with paper towels.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, self-rising flour, salt, water, milk, ¼ cup vegetable oil, and egg to form a thick batter.
    2 cups fine ground cornmeal, ¼ cup self-rising flour, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, 1 cup water, ½ cup milk, ¼ cup vegetable oil plus more for frying the fritters, 1 large egg
  • Heat a cast-iron skillet or nonstick pan until hot but not smoking. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and allow it to heat for 30 seconds.
  • Drop batter by the tablespoonful into the skillet. Cook until the edges of the fritters are bubbling and the center is set.
  • Using a spatula, carefully flip the fritters over to cook on the other side, about 1-2 minutes, until the fritters are golden brown.
  • Remove the fritters to the paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. Repeat the cooking process with any remaining batter, oiling the pan in between batches. Serve the fritters hot with salted butter and honey if desired.
    To serve: honey and salted butter


  • To make maple cornbread fritters: Replace the water with ½ cup milk plus ½ cup pure maple syrup. 
  • Serve the fritters with butter and honey.
  • Or make savory fritters, with cheese in the batter. Add ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar or Jack cheese to the batter before cooking.
  • You can substitute ½ cup buttermilk for the whole milk if you wish.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg